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Saffron Walden Junior Chess Tournament

The Saffron Walden Junior Chess Tournament will be held on 26 June 2016 at the RA Butler School and entry forms are now available via this website - please click on the red "view tournaments" button to download the entry form.  There are the usual four sections for under 9, 11 and 18s (minor and open).

All junior players are welcome to enter and this is the last event for Essex players to gain Junior Grand Prix points for 2015/16.  Please enter early to avoid disappointment.

 

UK Chess Challenge Megafinal

Well done to everybody who scored well in their Chess Challenge event at their school and who played at the Essex Megafinal held over last weekend, 14-15 May at Kingswood School in Basildon.  Players who qualified from this event will take part at the Southern Gigafinal to be held at the Rivermead Leisure Complex, Richfield Avenue, Reading on 16/17 July.

 

Full results from the Essex Megafinal may be viewed at http://twokingschess.com

Good Performance by Under 11s at EPSCA Final

The Essex Under 11s played in the EPSCA Under 11 Final at Wycombe High School in Buckinghamshire on 7th May 2016.

The 17 teams competing were Barnet, Buckinghamshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Glamorgan, Hertfordshire, Kent, Lancashire, Nottinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Richmond, Somerset, Sussex, Tameside, Wey Valley, Wirral and Yorkshire.

Adam and Anum are English Youth Champions

English Youth Chess Champions, are now awarded from the English Youth Chess Championship Grand Prix and it is excellent news that Adam Taylor and Anum Sheikh have again won the titles in their age groups - congratulations to both of them.

Several other Essex players featured in the final standings that can be viewed here http://englishchess.org.uk/Juniors/play/english-youth-gp/

Colchester Junior Chess Tournament - 24 April 2016

The Fourth Round of the Essex Junior Grand Prix was held on Sunday, 24 April 2016 at St Benedict’s College, Colchester.  86 players took part with many players coming from outside of the County to give the homegrown talent some strong opposition.  The results were as follows –

Under 9

1st (on tie break) Aarnavh Trivedi (Cambridgeshire) 5

2nd equal Tristan Bromelow (Hainault) and Nina Pert (Billericay) 5

Under 11

1st Adam John (Bury) 6

2nd Shreyas Royal  (Kent) 5

Friendly Match for Essex Girls

Last Saturday, 16 April a team of Essex girls played a friendly match against a girl’s team made up of players from Cambridge plus Richmond junior club.  The fixture was arranged to give the girls an opportunity to play a match as we did not have enough younger players to make the long trek to Manchester for the EPSCA under 11 girl’s finals on the same day.  The match was played at the Friends Meeting House in Saffron Walden.

Essex Juniors Selected for England!

Congratulations to Giulio Sahinoz (Saffron Walden) and Elliot Cocks (Chelmsford) who have been selected for the England team for the European School Chess Championships in Kassandra, Greece from 16 to 26 June 2016.  See ECF Juniors page link -  http://englishchess.org.uk/Juniors/play-for-england/developmental-championships/european-schools-championships/european-schools-championships-2016/meet-the-team/

Southend Congress

The Southend Congress took place over Easter with some good performances by Essex Juniors.

In the Open event Daniel Gallagher (Maldon) scored 4.5/7 and only missed out on the title of Essex Champion on tie break.  Elliot Cocks (Chelmsford) also made a good score of 3/5 in the u170 section.

Under 9s Come Close at the Zonals

On Sat 12th March, Essex U9s took on the Eastern counties in the Zonal qualifier in Newham.

Nine counties competed for 6 places, where the qualifiers would compete in the finals to be held in the Nottingham in April.

A full squad of 4 girls and 13 boys from all over Essex made the event, some of whom had only started to play in the last 6 months.

Ages ranged from 5-8yrs old most of which were representing their county for the first time.

A solid start in Rnd 1, with a better result in Rnd 2 placed Essex in the top half of the table.

Success at the SCCU Jamboree

Declan Kilcline submits the following report -

A 6 man team, consisting of 5 girls and 1 boy, went down to Gravesend on Sunday 13th March to compete in the U14 Minor section. Essex was the 2015 defending champions and 3 of the team were back again.

Each player would play 3 games, with 60 mins per player on the clock.

Round 1 placed Essex in front. After Round 2, Essex found themselves tied for 1st with a 3rd team a whisker behind.

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